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Fleur Spitzer Sub-Fund

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We are proud to recognise one of Melbourne’s most influential philanthropists, Fleur Spitzer OAM, and are grateful to her daughter Ondine for enabling the establishment of this Sub-Fund allowing us to continue her legacy.

Since the 1980s, Fleur’s generosity and philanthropy have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of many people in the community and she has been a shining example for other female philanthropists.

For nearly 20 years her support of the Victorian Women’s Trust has not wavered. She has always funded projects that assist women and girls who were doing it tough in the face of real and prolonged disadvantage.

The principles of social change and justice have been the cornerstone of Fleur Spitzer’s image of a better world and for this reason the Sub-Fund will support projects that:

  • increase the literacy, educational opportunity and empowerment of women and girls;
  • identify and address barriers that deny older women safety, security and dignity.

The Sub-Fund was established in 2016 and will be open for applications in 2017.

Click below to download a pdf of the essay about Fleur’s life commissioned by VWT.


“There’s no greater gift than thinking that you had some impact on the world, for the better. “
– Gloria Steinem, author and activist


Family LifeCatch Up: Securing Futures for Vulnerable Older Women

$5,419 grant

With older women who are already engaged with the organisation, Family Life will co-design Catch Up, an empowerment program for older women from diverse backgrounds.  The 300+ women volunteering with Family Life’s Op Shop social enterprises and services, mostly who are over 60 years of age, will be the research partners to better understand the needs, barriers and gaps. Together they will customise a response that helps older women to draw on and navigate what is already available, and resource them to ‘Catch Up’ on ageing with financial and housing security, dignity and community support.


Would you like to make lasting impact in the community? Are you passionate about strategic, gender-wise philanthropy?

Establishing a Sub-Fund within the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust is a practical and lasting way for you to strategically invest in advancing opportunities or reducing barriers for women and girls in Victoria without any administrative burden.